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Parallels
4:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Egypt's Relations With U.S.: 'It's Like A Marriage. It's Not A Fling'

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:24 pm

Egypt's leadership has faced a steady stream of criticism since the military ousted an elected government last summer and began cracking down on its opponents. In the latest development, an Egyptian judge on Monday sentenced nearly 700 people to death, many of them members or supporters of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

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Iraq
4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

One Day From Elections, Iraq Is Racked By Violence

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:49 pm

In a town northeast of Baghdad, at least 17 people are dead and dozens wounded after a pair of bombs struck an outdoor market. As Tim Arango of The New York Times explains, it's just the latest deadly attack on the eve of Iraq's national parliamentary elections.

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News
4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Heated Words, And Mild Relief, In Russia's Response To New Sanctions

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:40 pm

Russia reacted angrily to new EU and U.S. sanctions, which were imposed in response to Russian interference in Ukraine. Russia's deputy foreign minister vowed to deliver a "painful" response.

News
4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

In Diplomacy, Obama Aims To 'Hit Singles,' Not Swing For Fences

President Obama was at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig, Philippines, on Tuesday, during the last leg of his four-nation tour through the Asia-Pacific region.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:40 pm

President Obama returned to Washington on Tuesday after a weeklong visit to Asia.

The four-nation tour was designed to showcase U.S. involvement in the region, but it produced only modest diplomatic developments. And toward the end of the trip, the president offered a modest assessment of his overall foreign policy.

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Music Reviews
4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Album Review: 'Everyday Robots'

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 2:28 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Damon Albarn's first solo album is out today. Albarn was the frontman of the acclaimed British rock band Blur in the '90s, and since 2000, he has spearheaded the multi-platinum group Gorillaz.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WINDMILL")

GORILLAZ: (Singing) Take it all it on your stride. And it's sticking, falling down. Love forever...

SIEGEL: Reviewer Tom Moon says Albarn's new work seeks out the flipside to the Gorillaz' manic intensity. The new album "Everyday Robots."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "EVERYDAY ROBOTS")

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Law
4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Supreme Court Considers Limits On Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:37 am

In a case that reaches into almost every American's pocket or purse, the U.S. Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to adapt modern technology to traditional legal rules. At issue was whether police can search cellphones without obtaining a warrant at the time of an arrest.

The courts have long allowed police to search people without a warrant when making an arrest. But those searches have been limited by the amount of information individuals could carry on their persons.

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NPR Story
3:28 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins finds an increasingly authoritarian prime minister — Nouri al-Maliki — sectarian violence, and concern for the future. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Wednesday.

The Salt
3:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Amazon Book List Reveals What's Hot In American Regional Cuisine

Region by region, Amazon food editors found the favorite cookbooks from across America.
Amazon

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:26 pm

From upstate New York's heirloom veggie craze to the Pacific Northwest's baking boom, regional fare is taking off.

But with zillions of cookbooks coming out every year, how do you figure out which culinary jewels will be worth your precious time and shelf space?

Amazon, that giant aggregator of all things, breaks down about 500 regional cookbooks into manageable bites by curating what it considers the best of its vast collection.

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

A Push For Less Fanfare, More Meaning At Bar Mitzvahs

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Some 80 percent of Jewish children who complete their Bar or Bat Mitzvah don’t continue to practice Judaism, or even go to synagogue, after their ceremony.

Now, some educators in the Jewish “Reform Movement” hope to stop this attrition. The key, they say, is to reduce the fanfare and add more meaning.

New England Public Radio’s Susan Kaplan takes us to a temple in Wellesley, Massachusetts, that’s one of 13 across the country giving it a try.

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Craig Ferguson To Leave 'The Late Late Show'

After a ten year stretch with “The Late Late Show”, Craig Ferguson has announced his plans to step down as host. (Sonja Flemming/CBS)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

CBS is losing yet another late-night host. After a 10-year stretch with “The Late Late Show,” Craig Ferguson has announced his plans to step down as host.

Ferguson’s announcement comes less than a month after David Letterman broke the news to his studio audience that he would be retiring from the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

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Krulwich Wonders...
2:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:06 am

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.

First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...

Next, we arrange lunch. We choose a bunch of young, healthy bean plants with lots of broad, green leaves ...

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NPR Story
2:15 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Violence Overshadows Iraq Election

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

An attack north of Baghdad killed at least 11 people today, one day before the parliamentary election that will determine the country’s prime minister and president.

There are more than 9,000 candidates for the 382 seats in the Iraqi Parliament but the campaign has been overshadowed by the steady drumbeat of attacks.

More than three dozen people died in a series of bombings yesterday. Still, there is hope that the election will bring some peace to the country three years after U.S. combat troops pulled out.

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NPR Story
2:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Clippers Lose Endorsement Deals Over Sterling Controversy

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Companies like Kia, State Farm, Red Bull, Virgin America and CarMax announced they are cutting ties with the Clippers amid controversy over racist comments team owner Donald Sterling allegedly made. CarMax called the comments “completely unacceptable.”

The lost revenue could give the NBA additional incentive to suspend Sterling for conduct detrimental to the league, one sports attorney said. The NBA is planning a news conference Tuesday to discuss its investigation into Sterling.

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NPR Story
2:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

More Sanctions Imposed On Russia, But To What End?

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

The U.S. and European Union are adding new names to the sanctions list, to protest Russia’s interference in the political turmoil in Ukraine.

But Bryan Early argues that economic sanctions often fail. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that sanctions imposed by the U.S. on a particular entity or country can harm American businesses.

And then there’s the case of North Korea. It’s isolated by the U.S., but plenty of other countries will to do business with it.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

In the Face of Criticism, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a joint press conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the presidential palace on April 28, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. (Malacanang Photo Bureau via Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Many have criticized President Obama for his response to crises in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, demanding that he take a more assertive approach.

While speaking at a press conference in the Philippines, President Obama defended his foreign policy and questioned his critics’ remarks.

NPR’s White House Correspondent Scott Horsley discusses the criticisms aimed at the Obama administration’s foreign policy, and the president’s reactions to these comments.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Miss. State Senator's Home Among Those Destroyed

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Today emergency officials said that three people in Alabama, two in Tennessee and nine people in Mississippi died yesterday in a huge storm that reached the South after pummeling the Central U.S. over the weekend.

The Mississippi the town of Louisville was hit hardest.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Old 97's Have A Blast On New Album

The members of Old 97s (from left): Philip Peeples, Rhett Miller, Ken Bethea and Murry Hammond. Their new album is "Most Messed Up." (Courtesy)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Old 97′s have been cooking their tasty brew of rock ‘n’ roll for 20 years now, and the Dallas-based band is out with a new album today called “Most Messed Up” that’s getting rave reviews.

The New Yorker calls it “blistered, blasted, and brilliant: song after song about the diminishing returns of the road, the ravages of early middle age.”

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Monkey See
1:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

How Craig Ferguson Unmade The Late-Night Talk Show

Craig Ferguson set a very individual course for himself in a field with a lot of standard elements. Now, as David Letterman moves on from CBS late night, Ferguson does too.
Lisette M. Azar CBS

As has become the recent custom over at CBS, when Craig Ferguson decided to announce his departure from The Late Late Show on Monday, he had a self-deprecating joke ready.

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All Songs Considered
12:53 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

New Mix: tUnE-yArDs, Roy Orbison, More

Top row: F---ed Up; Bottom row, left to right: Haley Bonar, Roy Orbison, tUnE-yArDs
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:17 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen kicks things off with "Water Fountain," a breathless cut from the new tUnE-yArDs album Nikki Nack.

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All Tech Considered
12:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

Bragi's Dash, a fitness-centered wireless earpiece, has raised over $3 million on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site.
Bragi

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:35 pm

It's early evening on a Thursday and you're at a networking event, balancing a small plate of appetizers in one hand. Someone comes up to you to say hello. She acts like you've met before, but you can't recall where.

"It's Jackie Barnes," she says.

"Jackie Barnes," you repeat like you remember. "It's been a while."

As you say her name, a little device in your ear picks it up. The device does a search, and microseconds later it feeds you the info it's found on the Web: the college she attended, her current company, that she has two kids and is an avid runner.

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